NEWTON, NJ—Four members of the Newton High School Field Hockey team were injured Tuesday afternoon in a crash involving three vehicles at the intersection of Woodside Avenue and Paterson Avenue. One of the players suffered serious injuries and was flown to Morristown Medical Center Newton police reported.
The field hockey game schedulde Wednesday was cancelled.
“We had a bad situation here,” said Newton Field Hockey Coach Lisa Bechtel.
According to police, a 2010 Ford Fusion, driven by a 17-year old girl from Green Twp. with three juvenile passengers, had turned left onto Paterson Avenue and failed to yield the right of way to a 2004 Volkswagen Passat that was traveling northbound on Woodside Avenue-Rt. 206. They said the incident happened at about 3 p.m.
The Passat was driven by Daniel Frost, 20, of Stanhope. Upon the initial collision, a third vehicle, a 2014 Audi driven by Richard Peck, 49, of Mendham, collided with Frost’s vehicle as he was traveling southbound on Woodside Avenue.
Newton First Aid Squad responded to the scene and transported three occupants of the vehicle driven by the 17-year old female to Newton Medical Center. The fourth occupant was also transported to Newton Medical Center, but then transported to Morristown Medical Center via medevac for treatment of injuries, said police.
The three occupants that were taken to Newton Medical Center have been released. There is no update to the condition of the occupant taken to Morristown Medical Center.
All the involved vehicles were towed from the scene. Woodside Avenue was closed in the area of the crash for about an hour.
The crash remains under investigation by the Newton Police officers that were involved, Ptl. Dan Finkle and Sgt. Michael Monaco.